Howard University

Writing Teachers Conference

Writing Teachers Conference

Sponsored by the HUSL Writing Excellence Initiative

for more information on the Initiative, contact Debra Alligood White, Milbank,

May 16-17, 2008

On behalf of the conference organizing committee, we would like to inform you of the:
Writing and Legal Writing Teachers, Instructors, and Professors of Color and/or Progressive Orientation Conference (WLWTIPCPOC);

This conference is for any person who has an interest in and concern for teaching writing at any of its levels and in any of its forms, from early childhood to graduate and professional programs. The conference is particularly designed to bring together writing teachers of color, writing teachers who are progressively oriented, and writing teachers who teach a significant number of students of color.

The conference theme is:
From Grammar School to Graduate and Law School: Building to Bridge the Achievement Gap

Please e-mail e. christi cunningham if you have any questions or are interested in

  1. presenting a paper on one of the topics listed above
  2. presenting a work-in-progress
  3. being a commentator for a work-in-progress
  4. proposing a panel topic

Conference Schedule
May 16-17, 2008
Howard University School of Law

Friday, May 16, 2008

Moot Court Foyer
5:30–8:00 p.m.

The Dining Hall
6:00–7:00 p.m.

Opening Session -
Bridging the Achievement Gap through Writing Moot Court Room
7:00–8:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Moot Court Foyer
8:00 a.m. –1:00 p.m.

Panel Presentations

Panels will be held in Classrooms 1-4

Panel I
K-12 (Part A)

  • Writing to Make a Difference: Empowering Urban Youth to Engage in Social Action
  • Urban Instruction
  • Revolutions Destroy Systems

Panel II
Law School (Part A)

  • Leveling the Playing Field: Lessons from a White Law Professor and Black Writing Fellow on How to Help Students of Color Excel in Legal Writing
  • Keeping it Real: Developing a Culturally and Personally Relevant Legal Writing Curriculum Lunch with Keynote – Dining Hall

Sherry J. Ulery, Chief of Teaching and Learning, District of Columbia Public Schools

Panel III
1:45-3:15 p.m.


  • Bridging the Gap Creatively Between University and Community
  • The Pleasure of the Comic Text: Teaching Graphic Novels at a CUNY Campus

Panel IV
3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

K-12 (Part B)

  • One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Writing Instruction in the Urban Classroom
  • Teaching Writing: Awareness, Transition, and Culture

Panel V
5:00-6:30 p.m.

Law School (Part B)

  • The Discipline of Law School Writing
  • Socrates and Soccer Balls: Using Novel Teaching Methods in a Law School Classroom to Reach a Wider Ranger of Learners
  • Building Coalitions to Extend and Strengthen the Bridge: The Relevance of Professional Development Diversity Initiatives to the Instruction of Legal Writing
  • Do We Like the Write: Can the Term “Legal Writing” Be Reclaimed?

(Times are subject to change).

Howard University School of Law
2900 Van Ness Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008

May 16-17, 2008

Registration fees
$50 in advance
$65 on-site.
The student fee is $15.

On-Line Registration Form

Call for Papers
The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 18 February 2008.

Conference Housing

Contact Us/Directions

Thank you for your interest in the Howard University School of Law Writing Conference.

revised May 16, 2008